- Film Guide
I know it's Milwaukee's annual No-Way-I'm-Going-Out-There Month, also known as February. But wouldn't you make an exception for Jane Fonda speaking French?
Your February members screening film is... All Together.
Stéphane Robelin's latest film focuses on five aging friends who opt out of retiring at a senior home to try a youthful experiment of moving in together into a spacious house, owned by their friends Annie (Geraldine Chaplin) and Jean (Guy Bedos). Joining them is the borderline womanizer Claude (Claude Rich) as well as the bon vivant Albert (Pierre Richard) and his wife Jeanne (Jane Fonda), a philosophy professor. This is Fonda's first French-language role since Jean-Luc Godard’s Tout Va Bien in 1972.
“Writer-director Stéphane Robelin treats aging with humor and grace...[and] the film's central performances reflect both its celebration of age and a sense of wistfulness.” – NPR
The screening takes place on Wednesday, February 27th at 7 pm at the Landmark Oriental Theatre.
Please RSVP now: firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservation closes on Monday, February 25. (If you do not receive a reply to your RSVP, please call me at 414-755-1965 x204.)
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Since you've last heard from me, I've flown over the Atlantic and have been enjoying the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market. This marks my second year here, and it's just as exciting as my first time (although, it's substantially easier this year without the broken arm I had last year).
One of the reasons I come to this festival is the extensive amount of international films I'm able to see. Between the Berlinale films in the festival and the European Film Market (or 'EFM'--these screenings are closed to the public, with dozens of films screening per day), I'm able to see around six feature-length films per day, seven if I'm feeling particularly ambitious. I've been able to go to a few public screenings as well, which usually features a filmmaker Q&A. German audiences are immensely supportive of the festival, so it's exhilarating to be a part of their experience.
One of the most interesting parts of being here is meeting with international distributors and film institutes. Meeting with people I've only "met" via email is great, and it's also fascinating learning about how each country supports its national cinema. It's really film nerd heaven.
Off to film #3 of the day!
Tchoupitoulas (MFF 2012) @ UWM Union Theatre (Thu, Feb 7, 7p)
(dir. Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross, USA, 2012)
Telling the tale of three young boys exploring New Orleans' colorful French Quarter nightlife is interesting enough. But the Ross brothers do it without traditional narrative structure, opting instead to create more of a shared experience through their cameras. The results in this MFF 2012 gem are challenging, yet critically acclaimed--and thankfully returning to the Milwaukee big screen this weekend, thanks to the stellar programming at UWM's Union Theatre.
Watch the trailer for Tchoupitoulas.
Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated & Live Action
@ Oriental Theatre (Fri, Feb 8, 7:20p, 9:35p)
This is a rare and special treat, boys and girls. Not only because you're getting to see some short films on the big screen, but you're getting to see some Oscar-nominated short films on the big screen. Considering just how many great short films are made each year (as attendees of any of our MFF Shorts programs can attest), we're glad we don't have to choose which ones are the alleged best. We'll just sit back in the comforts of the Oriental Theatre, and enjoy seeing them as they were intended to be seen: on the big screen.
Check out which short films were nominated.
Festival of Films in French @ UWM Union Theatre (Fri, Feb 8, 8:30a - 11:30p)
Remember at the end of our Tchoupitoulas write-up, when we said the programming at UWM's Union Theatre was stellar? Case in point. Their Annual Festival of Films in French celebrates its sweet 16 this year with French-language cinema from Montreal, Cameroon, Paris, New York, the Middle East and more. There will be a spotlight on four films from good ol' Québec, a couple of debuts, some Milwaukee premieres, and even a screening of MFF 2012 alum Tales of the Night (aka, Contes de la nuit).
Find out more about the Festival of Films in French here.
Silver Linings Playbook @ Downer (Fri, Feb 8, 7:15p)
Argo @ Fox-Bay (Fri, Feb 8, 6:40p)
MARNMovies @ MAM (Tue, Feb 12)
The Pool on DVD
Megan Benedict, one of our hard-working interns from the past two years, shares stories from her first experience as a Sundance volunteer. --Blyth
Be sure to tune in to HBO tonight for the broadcast premiere of MFF 2012 alum Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. The Milwaukee Film Festival was honored this year to host the U.S. Premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary, which exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a coverup that winds its way from our hometown of Milwaukee, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. It was an incredibly special evening, with the director, subjects and their families in attendance.
The staff here would like to send out a heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved in this film: to Alex for shepherding this important story; to the victims for speaking out; to their families for standing by them with love; and to the rest of the Milwaukee community that was effected, many of which showed up for the film and shared their stories.
We will not soon forget that powerful evening, and we thank all of you for joining us.
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God premieres tonight at 8pm CT on HBO and repeats throughout the month.